Friday, December 2, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 1974 Topps #399

Big Ducks game tonight, but first there's some business to attend to of the airbrushed variety.

Mike Paul was a left handed pitcher who spent parts of seven big league seasons with Cleveland, Texas and the Chicago Cubs. He appeared in 228 games in his career, starting 77 of them and finishing 59. As we flip over the card, we are also about to learn that he's a fan of swimming. Go Mike!

Why did Topps airbrush Mike's photo? Paul was traded to the Rangers for a PTBNL right before the trade deadline in 1973. That player eventually turned out to be one Larry Gura.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? He has a glowing cap and a mysterious collar, the stripes of which lazily disappear for some reason.

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.

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